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HP Palm Pre 2 To Land In UK On Friday

Nearly two years after the first iteration, HP has announced the release in the UK of the Palm Pre 2 in its SIM-Free version, on the 12th of November

HP confirmed to Pocket-lint that the new phone will be a revamped version of the existing one which is still on sale at Expansys (for £200) and O2.

It will come with WebOS 2.0, a 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera, a 3.2-inch touch display with a glass screen, its signature slideout keyboard and what HP calls a "sleeker, streamlined design".

The phone was launched last month on French mobile phone operator SFR at the cost of 449 Euros unlocked or 99 Euros on a contract.

The Palm Pre 2 will be the first device to feature the new WebOS 2.0 which will bring true multitasking with it, HP Synergy, Just Type, Flash 10.1, Text Assist, Skype (yep!), Quickoffice mobile suite and a host of other apps including Facebook.

HP purchased Palm back in April for $1.2 billion and has already committed to use IP from the acquisition (mainly the OS) to power a range of devices including tablets and almost certainly smart appliances.

It's not known whether the phone will be exclusive to any mobile phone operators but we suspect that O2 might well be enlisted as a preferred partner for launch.

The main competitors to the Pre 2 will be the Blackberry Torch and the Dell Venue Pro which have adopted the same portrait, slide out keyboard and will target the same audience.